The fire of 1834

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The fire of 1834

Painting by George Scharf showing a panoramic view of the ruined House of Commons after the fire on 16 October 1834 at the old Palace of Westminster. In the days immediately after the fire which destroyed much of the old Palace of Westminster,Scharf recorded the scene in great detail as part of a larger panoramic painting. Both the House of Commons and the House of Lords debating Chambers perished in the fire. Click on the hotspots to find out more.